Top Remedies For Treating Depression

What are the most common, but not necessarily the most effective, treatments for depression at the moment? In this article I will try and put a spot light on what is being used to treat depression at the moment and how you may be able to incorporate it into your regime.

Medication

It is believed that depression may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Medication thus aims to correct this imbalance with the idea once this is done you will be able to function normally. In practice however there may be more than one contributing factor. This means then that once the chemical imbalance is corrected you may remain depressed. You will then require further treatments to overcome the illness. However in saying that sometimes the chemical imbalance is present and must be fixed before other treatments have a chance of being successful.

Psychotherapy

This involves talking with a therapist. There are many different types of talking therapy but probably the most common is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This will involve talking with a therapist over a period of time and working through all the issues that may be causing your depression. A trained therapist will be able to help you uncover things that you hadn’t even consciously thought were affecting you. It can be seen as peeling an onion, peeling back the layers gradually until you reach the root cause, then working on it.

Supplements

These can help naturally return a chemical imbalance in the brain or a vitamin and mineral deficiency in the body back to normal. Supplementation is a slower process as it involves gradually restoring the balance over time with natural substances. Supplements come in many and varied forms. For example fish oil, which contains omega 3 fatty acids, has been found to be at least mildly effective in various studies. St Johns Wort may also be effective according to the research. This is also highlighted by the fact that most prescription antidepressants contain a warning that St John’s Wort should not be taken when you are already talking the medication. Vitamin B may also help as it has been suggested that a vitamin b deficiency may contribute to low mood.

Natural

Exercise, sunshine and socialisation. A couple of things you may not feel like doing may actual help to make you feel better. The more you do the better you feel and the easier it is to do more. This would seem o be a spiral into control rather than the alternative, which isn’t as pleasant. Exercise release endorphins into the body which make you feel good. Socialisation may get you out of the house and talking to other people about things other than your illness. Sunshine helps the production of vitamin D in the body and regardless if this is beneficial or not it just feels nice to have the sun shine on your skin.

Healthy Dog Treats That Promote Good Health in Your Pet

Dog treats can often be like human cookies. Although they have no real health benefit, they are tasty and enticing. Snacks are a normal part of life and there is nothing wrong with indulging in something tasty now and again just for the flavor. The same goes for dog treats. However, doing this too often can create a serious problem. Just like humans can become obese and suffer health problems such as diabetes from poor eating habits, so can canines. The good news is that there are pet supply manufacturers who have created treats that are tasty snacks and good for pets. Rather than settle for the first dog cookie you see, consider searching for a healthy snack your pet will find equally delicious.

Good Bites and your Pet’s Oral Health

Pedigree has come up with pet treats that help promote good oral health in your pet. These pillow shaped treats are easy for pets to chew. Dogs love the meaty flavor, which completely masks the fact that Good Bites Oral Care treats are actually beneficial. These biscuits work for any breed of adult dog, however are not recommended for puppies. To get the most health benefit then follow the recommended feeding quantities, which is based on your dog’s weight.

Pedigree has also made variations of the Good Bites dog treat. These include a multi vitamin enhanced biscuit as well as hip and joint and coat enhancing versions. There is even a Good Bite designed for senior canines.

Less Sodium for Happy Hearts

Dog owners concerned about their pet’s sodium intake should consider Happy Hearts dog treats made by Dogswell. These chicken breast snacks are just as tasty as other types of treats. They come in a jerky form that some picky dogs prefer. Happy Hearts contains flaxseed oil, turmeric and cinnamon as well as vitamin E supplement. Dogswell has created these dog treats with holistic ingredients, using cage free chicken. They also contain no harmful hormones, gluten or byproducts.

If your dog suffers from a severe health condition that requires less sodium or other dietary changes, always consult your vet before changing dog treats. Happy Hearts has much to offer your pet, but make sure all the ingredients correspond with the vet’s dietary recommendations before feeding.

California Natural Bar for Improved General Health

Even if your dog does not suffer from a health condition, it is important to offer quality pet treats that will fortify his or her body. California Natural Health bars come in tasty chicken and salmon flavors, providing dogs with a unique variation to entice their senses. Each bar treat has been created to offer pets a number of helpful vitamins and minerals. Although they are not a substitute for your pet’s dog food, these dog treats are intended to compliment meals with additional nutrients. Offer your canine companion dog treats that not only taste good but will help him or her lead a content and comfortable life, which will greatly impact them as they enter their golden years.

Are You Ignoring Your Dog’s Health?

The health of canine glands is generally ignored in households with dogs. But building up of secretions can lead to major problems like infection and excessive pain. If you suddenly realize that your dog has a fascination for licking the area, or ends up dragging his rear along the floor very often, there is a very high chance that your dog has gland issues. Wild animals, in general empty their respective sacs by marking their scents, something like a defense mechanism. Or maybe even like a spray of sorts. But many house pets have lost that particular ability, and the natural secretions that should build up and get clogged in the body.

Walking around the place does the trick for majority of pets in houses, but many cannot express anal glands on their own. In those cases, the glands tend to get packed and cause extreme discomfort to the pet; hence they drag their rear across the ground. This provides temporary relief. Some dogs tend to lick their anus too and others try chasing their tails, hoping that will solve their irritating problem.

There are a number of natural remedies to cleanse their area and reduce the pain and swelling that occurs. One of the best treatments is known as AnalGlandz which contains the most natural ingredients to encourage the breaking up of any clogged materials in their body.

It is also beneficial to learn how to express anal glands. This is very simple and can be done by the owner to relieve the pain the dog is going through. This involves holding a cloth to the area and squeezing the glands.

This method of treating the problem is to put in a lubricated gloved finger into the area and try squeezing the gland between your two forefingers and repeat the process for the other glands too.

If the problem persists even after this and you cannot seem to get your dog to stop from dragging himself it is better to take him to a vet. It sometimes takes a few days before the problem goes away. If the problem still persists then it may be due to tapeworms.

For many dog owners, trying to learn how to treat anal glands is something they do not ever want to do. In these cases you can take your dog to a vet who will treat your pet completely. If the problem continues to persist for weeks then it is better to have an operation done where the glands of your dog are removed. If the problem recurs every few weeks another option is to have the anal glands removed surgically. Majority of the owners are ignorant of the problems of their dog and might think the dragging or licking is amusing. But it could end up being something very serious. Care should be taken that it is immediately looked into. After all, your pet is a living being too.

Toxic Treats: Our Children Are Paying the Price

We have all done it, but it’s not our fault, it’s just the way we have been trained, it’s what we’re used to. We give treats as a reward for doing well or as incentive to do better and work harder. Schools pass out candy as a reward, we give treats to pacify our kids, we treat ourselves by choosing the drive-through or popping a package in the microwave for dinner rather than taking the time to prepare a home cooked meal. We have been establishing the connection that toxic treats are associated with something that is good for you because it is given when something good has been achieved.

And why wouldn’t we do this? The USDA, FDA, advertising executives and food manufacturers are telling us these treats are good for us. After all, they are saying it with big, bold, colorful characters and celebrities. They are telling us they have added fiber and vitamins, they are gluten free, sugar free or fat free, they are made from ‘natural’ ingredients; they help our children grow strong and healthy. Of course we believe it, these people wouldn’t intentionally be promoting things that are bad for us; would they? All of these claims are for marketing purposes, yes they may be true but the process to achieve them is to manipulate the ingredients to such a significant degree they no longer have any nutritional value at all, they provide a negative effect.

McDonald’s, Taco Bell and other fast foods are routinely given as a treat. This only reinforces the perception of it being good or even food, however you look at it. As our children grow and begin experiencing the stresses of life they look for ways to deal with that stress and what better way than to give yourself a treat. Treating ourselves often works; this is not a bad idea at all, it’s the form of treat we are choosing that is the bad idea. If we had been taught to go for a walk, play a game, have some quiet time, garden or cook and given some strawberries, a cup of blueberries or a handful of almonds instead of a pile of fries, candy or a popsicle; the adults of today would not be facing an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, depression, etc.

I wish I had known all that I know now back when my children were young. Their treats would be completely different today. They would provide actual health benefits, be packed with nutrition and not causing them harm. I remember taking my son to the doctor when he was in preschool due to disruptive behavior in the classroom. The doctor told me I could try changing his diet or put him on medication. I did not want to give him medication (actually narcotics), he was just too young. I also dismissed changing his diet because I felt it would be too difficult but also did not believe it would make a difference, I couldn’t see any sense in the idea. Anyway, it was so convenient to feed him processed and fast foods, sugary cereals, crackers and fruit flavored drinks. My ‘logical reasoning’ was that I was a single mother and it would be too much work. I did eventually choose the route of narcotic medication, I still regret this decision today.

I had a recent experience in the grocery store with a family member. A camping trip had been planned and treats for the children were being purchased; all of which were loaded with refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated fats, soy, synthetic food dyes, sodium, hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified ingredients. I was not making these purchases myself but I was along for the trip. As I watched the cart fill up, my disgust and rage with these items began growing out of control, I had to walk away as I felt about to explode. Unfortunately, I was not able to make any difference in the purchases and I felt awful about it. I hope this information will help you to make better choices for your children.

The following list of negative effects is usually associated with seniors, not children, but today there has been a dramatic increase in children suffering as well. Health issues from processed food ingredients:

• Refined sugars and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) – kidney problems, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, joint pain and inflammation, cell die-off degrades DNA and RNA, cancer, compromised immune system (Dr. Gary Null; Sugar: Killing us Sweetly)

• Artificial sweeteners – desensitized sweetness receptors causing increasing need for more sweetness and intense cravings, kidney problems, obesity, diabetes, cancer, compromised immune system (Rebecca J. Brown, Mary Ann De Banate, and Kristina I. Rother; Artificial Sweeteners: A Systemic Review of Metabolic Effects in Youth)

• Hydrogenated fats – high cholesterol, reduces the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, stunts the growth of vital organs and the brain (Dr. Barry Sears; Facts About Hydrogenated Fats and Oils), compromised immune system, diabetes, reduces the absorption of necessary nutrients, intense cravings

• Soy – thyroid disorders, endocrine and hormone disruption, fertility problems, digestive issues, cancer, brain damage, kidney stones, malnutrition (Dr. Joseph Mercola; The Dark Side of Soy)

• Synthetic food dyes – ADHD and behavioral issues, cancer, neurotoxin, bladder and thyroid tumors (Dr. Joseph Mercola; Are You and Your Family Eating Toxic Food Dyes? and Center for Science in Public Interest; Food Dyes – A Rainbow of Risks)

• Sodium – high quality, unprocessed salt has many health benefits; but highly degraded and processed salt is added excessively to processed foods creating intense cravings for more and more processed foods

• Hormones – increased risk of cancers, weight gain due to increased cortisol production causing the body to hold onto fat and distribute it around the organs, boys with moobs (Dr. Andrew Weil, MD)

• Antibiotics – the amount of antibiotics consumed in foods made from food producing animals is causing strains of resistant bacteria, thereby making it difficult to effectively treat an illness that would benefit from them. More frequent and increased doses are required in order to achieve results. This increased use is killing off the healthy bacteria our bodies need to maintain our immune system. (CDC, Antibiotic use in Food Producing Animals)

• GMO’s – liver damage, endocrine disruption, fertility issues, DNA changes, auto-immune disease, kidney disease, food allergies (Jeffery Smith; Responsibletechnology.org: GE Foods May Cause Rising Food Allergies)

Why do we consider feeding our children poison and toxins a treat? Why do we not see the beautiful and truly natural sweetness of a strawberry or the nutrition packed energy of a cucumber as a reward? How did it become so turned around that we view nutrition and health as low man on the totem pole? Ease and convenience are now our number one concern. Our children are paying a very high price for this.

The incidences of chronic illnesses in young children has sky rocketed over the last couple of decades.

For the first time ever the life expectancy of today’s children is expected to be less than the life expectancy of their parents. 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children over 15, 50% of Americans are expected to contract cancer. Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 25 years. There have been dramatic increases in allergies, asthma, fatty liver disease (non alcohol related), ADHD and Autism. As of 2012 the life expectancy at birth of US children ranked 50th overall in the world. (CIA World Factbook)

US food companies add 15 million pounds of synthetic food dyes to the foods they produce. Approximately 80% of all antibiotics produced are used in meat and poultry production. That means the remaining 20% is used for the treatment of humans. US agriculture uses and estimated 1.2 billion pounds of herbicides and pesticides per year. Commercially produced seed companies control approximately 90% of our food supply and Monsanto and Dupont are the largest producers.

Profits are the only concern for the vast majority of food manufacturers. The health of our children doesn’t even rate a blip on their radar, at least in an impactful way. The only concern is that we are fooled into believing they care and the food is good for them. The FDA has approved all of the ingredients used to manufacture, process, cultivate and grow the food we eat. This has led to the misconception it must be healthy.

The amount of marketing dollars spent to entice our children with these products is astounding. It’s no wonder there are temper tantrums in the grocery aisles when we say no to sugary cereals. I dare you to find a child who has never heard of a fruit roll-up, yogurt or juice pouch, fruit loops or lucky charms, gummi worms, lunchable or snackable; the list of negative foods is huge. It’s criminal how these toxic treats are being marketed to our children who do not know any better. It’s our duty as parents to educate them, teach them the best choices for a healthy life now and into the future.

You can make nutritional changes in your home by making it fun for your children, including them in the preparation of food and choosing whole, unprocessed foods as treats; preferably organic to avoid pesticides and fertilizers. Help them to grow fruits and vegetables, children love to eat what they have tended. Become active in your child’s school to change the foods served and the rewards given for a job well done. There are so many wonderful programs to help jumpstart the changes in your children’s school: Farm to School, Food Corps, Lunchbox, Saladbars2schools, just to name a few.

Take charge now, start giving them the healthy childhood they deserve and teaching them the impactful lessons they can take into adulthood for a very long and healthy life. They can break the cycle with their own children one day and create a generation of health.